Council of Elders Weekly Call to Prayer

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Dear God and dear Lord Jesus,

Please take away all illness, sorrows and fears. Make that no houses are burnt anymore. And make peace on Earth and take away war and injustice. We thank you for the beautiful community we have through MCC. We thank you that we all got a bed and something to eat. We pray for the poor all around the world, who have no home nor something to eat. Feed them with all that they need.

I want to ask you, Lord Jesus, for forgiveness of all of my sins, and thank you that you died for our sins on the cross.

In the name of Jesus, Amen.

prayer submitted by

MCC Cologne, Germany

The Zulu greeting used in South Africa,
Sawubona” simply means
“I see you” and the response
Ngikhona” means
“I am here”, and so we pray together this week:

God, when we gather for communal worship, we dance and praise to the rhythm of the beat singing:

Sawubona – “I see You”
And You respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”

When we look at the mysteries and wonders of all creation, we declare with deep admiration:

Sawubona – “I see You”
And You respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”

When rain softly soaks the dry, drought driven earth, our thoughts quietly proclaim:

Sawubona – “I see You”
And You respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”

When we observe one human gently and generously helping another, we whisper:

Sawubona – “I see You”
And You respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”

When we look to the cross and see the compassion driven sacrifice, our forgiven souls humbly respond in gratitude:

Sawubona – “I see You”
And You respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”
When we breathe in Spirit who searches all things, even the unfathomable things of You oh God, our hearts cry out:
Sawubona – “I see You”
And You respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”

When we pause long enough to meditate and pray, to honour our soul’s longing, we will hear Your tender voice saying to us:
Sawubona – “I see you”
And we respond: Ngikhona – “I Am Here”

prayer submitted by

Good Hope MCC
Cape Town, South Africa

Sometimes I pray quietly and reflect about a few moments of Mary’s life that surely happened, and that I like because it happened in silence. At the end, it is true prayers that are hidden in our room or in the monastery of our heart.

I want to remember the moment when Mary’s parents made love and conceived their daughter in silence.

I want to remember the whole life of Mary, who spent it  in silence, she did not travel like Paul, but was much more humble and greater than Paul.

I want to remember the day Mary was born from the womb of her mother.

I want to remember the moment when Mary decided to give herself to God.

I want to remember Mary’s engagement with Joseph.

Notwithstanding the normality of these acts and the fact that none of the important people of that time realized anything, God was preparing His Revelation among us.

prayer submitted by

Daniele Pertici
Il Cerchio MCC
Milano, Italy

We are alive but a small moment in infinite time. You, God, are the creator of time. We claim this when we affirm that you set the universe in motion and separated day from night. We also claim that every life is precious in your sight, no matter how long or how short in our calculating of time.

So, we thank you for those who have come before us, especially in MCC. Thank you for the lives that have been touched and changed by MCC’s message of Your love for every person.
God, help us to live each moment we are alive. Empower us to see the capacity that our lives have to make a difference in someone else’s life.

May we know that our prayers join the prayers of all your people in this moment. Amen.

prayer submitted by

Senior Pastor, King of Peace MCC, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
MCC Council of Elders

God of love who made us in your own image,
We thank you for the diverse tapestry of your creation.
With the stars, moon, sun, and sky,
We praise you in glory and uncertainty.
With the flowers that bloom with vigor and fragrance,
We strive to live our lives as brilliantly and beautifully as we can.
With the leaves that turn from green to yellow, orange, and red,
We marvel at the stunning power of change.
God, today be with us as we dwell in the tension between peace and conflict,
Love and loss, birth and death.
Grant us opportunities to be your voice of justice and mercy today.
Allow us to notice ways you are present in our world.
Challenge us to find you in difficult people and places.
With the breath between our lips that cools upon entry and warms upon exit,
Bind us together as a global community that works in your name.
As we start our day, we offer these prayers of our hearts:
–          For the tasks of our day and the people in our lives…
–          For Metropolitan Community Churches…
–          For our global community…
God, hold these prayers in your tenderness and grant us assurance
that you are at work within, around, and between us.

prayer submitted by

MCC Conference Coordiator and Divinity Student at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC

Oh Glorious God – through your manifest Grace we begin this day anew, overflowing with your Divine Love.  We celebrate and give thanks for your Church, that in and with and through MCC we find community, solace, forgiveness and the succor of ultimate acceptance and love. Now filled with Your Spirit, guide us to share that radically inclusive love and acceptance with everyone we encounter today, for while their journey is different, we all share the same path.  Let our example to our fellow sojourners reflect the Gospel of Our Savior, that they may see that Light Immutable that shines in our hearts.  And may you bring us to the end of this day enveloped by that Peace which passes all understanding.  Through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

prayer submitted by

Craig Cranston
Member of King of Peace MCC, St. Petersburg, FL USA

God of Justice and Mercy, as we enter this month of Pride celebrations, we are mindful that though we have come a long way, we have a long way to go. We especially give You thanks for those who may have felt marginalized by our own community, including drag queens and leather-people, who were the first to step up and out and made the way for our liberation. We give You thanks for those who gave of their financial resources to give our movement momentum. And we give you thanks for the ordinary TLGB people who marched, made phone calls and in other ways made their presence known and changed history.

During this month, may we remain strong in Your Spirit as we celebrate and remember all of those who have made a way for us out of no way. May Your Justice and Mercy remain ever before us as we continue the struggle for all of Your people. Amen.

prayer submitted by

Senior Pastor, King of Peace MCC, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
MCC Council of Elders

God of Life,
Jesus, King of Peace,
Holy Spirit, Lord of Dance and Music,

the assassin at the concert in Manchester killed 23 people including himself.

Help us pray.

Comfort everyone who lost their children, relatives, loved ones and friends.
Revive everyone who lost their hope.
Touch everyone who lost their belief in a common future and the means of peace.
Heal everyone who lost their respect for people with religions and life-styles other than their own.

Attacks and bombings often are supposed to kill cultural values as well.

Bless everyone who opened their doors and their hearts in the midst of tears and fears.
Bless everyone who shared money, food, blood, homes and time.
Bless everyone who hold up signs stating “Fear divides, love unites” and “Love for all, hatred for none”.
Bless everyone to understand these actions and words as an encouraging example.

Help us continue to tearing down walls and buliding up hope – for and with people both inside and outside of Europe.

In your many names we pray.

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Holy Creator,

We come before you as your beloved children wandering often in a world of uncertainty and chaos, but resting in the assurance you have provided that we do not do this alone for you are always with us. May we each know your peace that fills our souls even when we do not recognize it.

We ask that your Divine Spirit guide us as we walk each day in the knowledge that you will never forsake us and may we be reminded that Jesus walked on this earth and experienced much of the turmoil and suffering that we face. May we live each day by the example that has been given to us through that walk and not become discouraged.

We lift up our churches across this world asking that each may find blessings in sharing together in this movement for inclusivity, empowerment of the disenfranchised and seeing love win out over hate daily. Remind us, as only you can do, that miracles are not just found in the writings of the sacred texts but also in our daily lives as seek your will.


prayer submitted by

MCC of Topeka, Topeka, KS, Lay Delegate and Co-Coordinator of the MCC LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Program in North America

Most loving and gracious God,

We Your children come here, first and foremost, to say “Thank you” for being our God.
We ask You to go with Your people.

Lift them up, strengthen them, guide them, let them know that as long as they keep You at the center of their heart, You will guide and direct their path.

God, even though the path may seem dark for some of Your children, we pray Your ever-burning light will shine through.

Help them to realize it is just a cloud passing over their horizon, and Your radiant beams of light will once again shine through.

Now God, as we look to Your nation and world, we ask You to wrap your arms around those who have said “Yes” to leading.

Remind them it doesn’t matter if they are leading a small social club or a large nation or country, that their Number One focus should be the uplifting of the people You have put in their charge.

Let them know that together, and with You, we are strong, but separated from You, we shrink to nothing.

Finally, God, be with our Interim Moderator, Senior Leadership Team, Governing Board and Council of Elders as they persevere, for they have been called for a time such as this.

prayer submitted by

City of Light MCC, Co-Coordinator of the MCC LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Program

Wonderful Creator
Standing in the red ochre sand of the Simpson Desert, I hear a song
A song being sung by people all across the globe
I walk in faith towards the singing
To the north, towards the tropics and into Asia and Europe
To the west, towards the coast and across the Indian ocean to Africa and the Middle East
To the south, to the Antarctic winds as they meet the Great Australian Bite
To the east, where the golden sands disappear into the waters of the Pacific Ocean
Open us to this connection
Encourage us to LEAD
Inspire all to sing the song
We pray in your many beautiful names

prayer submitted by

MCC LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship), Coordinator for Australasia

Holy Spirit, we acknowledge Your presence with us always.
We worship You and are grateful for Your wise counsel, Your healing power,
and Your desire for the realm of heaven to be manifest in Your world today.
We lift up Your denomination,
Metropolitan Community Churches,
as we stand in the “tragic gap”[1] of what is and what might be.
Be with us to build communities to sustain ourselves,
to balance us between cynicism on the one side,
and idealistic irrelevancy on the other side,
which border the “tragic gap”.
Lead us in paths of personal integrity,
remembering the words of Isaiah,
which Christ took up as his personal call:
“The Spirit of the Holy is upon me,
because the Holy has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
The Holy has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, . . .
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of God’s favor.”[2] May it be so.[1] See Parker Palmer,

[2] Luke 4:18-19

prayer submitted by

Convener of the Council of Elders, Co-Coordinator of the MCC LEAD (Laity Empowered for Active Discipleship) Program